While they may help to create a beautiful smile, traditional braces are often undesirable for teenagers and adults who find metal orthodontics unattractive. Luckily, there is a more attractive alternative for straightening your crooked teeth. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will discuss the process and benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners.
What Makes Invisalign® Different?
Traditional metal braces include brackets that must be attached to your teeth semi-permanently so that they can to hold wires in place. These wires must then be routinely tightened, requiring you to visit your dentist for regular, frequent visits throughout the process. These clear aligners work completely differently. Instead of metal brackets and wires, which can damage the soft tissue in your mouth and are difficult to clean around, a series of clear aligner trays are created to perfectly form to your teeth. Each set of aligners are worn for a couple of weeks, after which you move on to the next set, which you will already have in your possession, reducing the need for visits to your dentist’s office. Many also find the trays to be much more comfortable than brackets and wires, even when switching to a new set.
Removable and Convenient
Since the trays are removable, they are also more hygienic than metal orthodontics. They are designed to be taken off while eating, which means none of the food restrictions that come with traditional braces, so you can enjoy raw carrots and gummy candies without worrying about breaking a bracket. You also take them off to brush and floss your teeth, making the process much easier than trying to clean around wires. For this reason, it’s easier to keep up good oral hygiene practices while straightening your teeth with Invisalign®, which will leave you not only with a beautiful smile, but a healthy one.
Short and Subtle
As described in the name, Invisalign® clear aligners are almost unnoticeable to the eye, making them more appealing to those of us who might be embarrassed by the look of traditional braces. Because they are almost imperceptible, it’s unlikely that anyone will know you are wearing them unless you tell them, empowering you to straighten your teeth gradually and effectively and feel good about your smile in the process. Additionally, the process is typically shorter than with metal orthodontics. While braces can take up to two full years to straighten your teeth, Invisalign® often cuts that time to half or less, with most treatments finished within a year.
Ready for a New Smile?
Straightening your teeth doesn’t have to be a big deal. In fact, with Invisalign®, it will be almost imperceptible to others,until they see your brilliant new smile! To learn more about our options for enhancing your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.